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Africa: The AU’s Ebola Mission – It’s Not All About the Money

Africa: The AU’s Ebola Mission – It’s Not All About the Money

By Liesl Louw-Vaudran More than six months have passed since the Ebola epidemic was officially declared in Guinea. In this time, very little help has come from African institutions, individuals and non-governmental organisations. Finally, African businessmen and the African Union (AU) are now joining the international effort to help the thousands of victims of the dreaded virus. Last week, a team of 30 health workers from Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria … Read entire article »

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Africa: The AU’s Ebola Mission – It’s Not All About the Money

Africa: The AU’s Ebola Mission – It’s Not All About the Money

By Liesl Louw-Vaudran More than six months have passed since the Ebola epidemic was officially declared in Guinea. In this time, very little help has come from African institutions, individuals and non-governmental organisations. Finally, African businessmen and the African Union (AU) are now joining the international effort to help the thousands of victims of the dreaded virus. Last week, a team of … Read entire article »

AfDB advocates for stronger private sector engagement in broadband development in Africa

AfDB advocates for stronger private sector engagement in broadband development in Africa

On the margins of the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on September 23, representatives from the African Development Bank were invited to speak at the 10th Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development on September 21. The Commission is an advocacy organisation created in 2010 and co-chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Carlos Slim, Chairman … Read entire article »

Ivory Coast deal may seal Ouattara’s reelection, fuel uncertainty

Ivory Coast deal may seal Ouattara’s reelection, fuel uncertainty

By Joe Bavier and Loucoumane Coulibaly* An endorsement from Ivory Coast’s influential former leader Henri Konan Bedie has cleared President Alassane Ouattara’s path to reelection next year but fuels uncertainty over the booming nation’s longer-term future. The move practically guarantees victory for Ouattara and continuity for the powerhouse of West Africa, which has bounced back from civil war and strife to hit … Read entire article »

PDP ticket: I’m confronting Jonathan not as a fool — Tafawa Balewa

PDP ticket: I’m confronting Jonathan not as a fool — Tafawa Balewa

By Emmanuel Aziken* Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, son of Nigeria’s first and only prime minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was, just a year ago, a rabid supporter of a second term for President Goodluck Jonathan. Abdul Jhalil, who holds a PhD in Nuclear Chemistry, was a foundation member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the United States where he … Read entire article »

Etihad Airways to Increase Presence in Africa with Launch of New Daily Service to Dar Es Salaam

Etihad Airways to Increase Presence in Africa with Launch of New Daily Service to Dar Es Salaam

Etihad Airways (http://www.etihad.com), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its African route network with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. Flights between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam, which commence on 1 December 2015, will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy … Read entire article »

Is TB Joshua feeding the spiritual hunger in Africa?

Is TB Joshua feeding the spiritual hunger in Africa?

By KWANELE SOSIBO* Kwanele Sosibo asks whether the spiritual healer has capitalised on his ‘talent’ by the increasing need for a more renewed approach to Christianity. Two days after the tragic collapse of a six-storey hostel in Lagos housing followers of Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, he did not seem particularly shaken as he conducted a service at his colossal Synagogue Church of All … Read entire article »

WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa

WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa

Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday. Some airlines have stopped flights to affected areas and WHO and other agencies have said this has hampered aid efforts and the ability … Read entire article »

Op-Ed: Youth unemployment in SA – Apartheid is alive and well

Op-Ed: Youth unemployment in SA – Apartheid is alive and well

By GCOBANI QAMBELA & SIMAMKELE DLAKAVU* There are a number of white South Africans who complain that the local job market excludes white recruits. This narrative, when it arises, often comes with fears that “our children won’t get jobs” and that there is “no future” for them in the country. But are these fears valid? By GCOBANI QAMBELA & SIMAMKELE DLAKAVU. Concerns … Read entire article »

From refugee to entrepreneur

From refugee to entrepreneur

By Fiona Smith* Hashi Kaar’s story is both uplifting and sad. A refugee from war-torn Somalia, he arrived in Australia as a 17-year-old boy without English, much schooling or an understanding of what the internet was. Just five years later, he was in his third year of university and employed as a junior application developer at pharmaceutical valuation company Medici Capital. Now, 13 … Read entire article »